Perils for Pedestrians

TV talk about people who walk

Perils for Pedestrians Episode 55

Topics in Episode 55:

  • Picket fences are not enough to recreate a traditional neighborhood in Cary, NC.
  • Smart Growth America is a new coalition working for more liveable, sustainable communities.
  • The Transportation Research Board meets every January in Washington, DC.
  • A Walking Security Index is being developed at the University of Ottawa.
  • The second class treatment of pedestrians at a first class hotel in Washington, DC.
Picket fences, no sidewalks in a new subdivision

Picket fences are not enough to recreate a traditional neighborhood in Cary, NC.

Developers added picket fences and little front porches to this new subdivision in Cary, NC. However, it still lacks sidewalks, it has a cul-de-sac street pattern, and it is a long distance to any stores or businesses. Despite the attempt to look like a traditional neighborhood, it functions like typical suburban sprawl that is auto-oriented and unwalkable.